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Old 05-04-2019, 08:40 AM   #61
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This thread got me to write to the Missouri Highway patrol. I live in an area where there are a lot of horse and buggy users, and a lot have a battery hook up with flashing tail lights and/or the agricultural triangle for slow moving equipment. Anyway, I wrote to the Missouri Highway patrol and questioned the use on my vintage Model A Ford! Got just about an instant response that felt it might help other drivers. The Lieutenant who contacted me also said there was nothing that specifically addressed using the triangle on a vintage vehicle "OR PREVENTED ITS USE" and that it might help others and me. Just FYI from Missouri

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Old 05-04-2019, 09:24 AM   #62
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No restorable Model A's were harmed in the building of this truck!
I like your humour Denis.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:30 AM   #63
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My first car burned used SAE 40 weight oil at the rate of a quart every 40 miles. With compression that low it struggled to keep up, and tailgaters were a regular part of the experience. My cure for tailgating was to step on the clutch, floor the gas pedal, then quickly let off on both pedals. The resulting cloud of smoke and oil mist was like the worst London fog. The tailgater quickly fell back and I occasionally caught a glimpse of him pulling over to clean his windshield on the side of the road.
I approve of your retaliatory action Ursus. if you ever rebuild your engine and your "getcha" method is no longer available you could install a smoke generator. We use these in ag planes when the wind is about nil to see which way our drift will go. It pumps paraffin oil into the exhaust and leaves a magnificent trail. It has a reservoir tank of about a gallon.
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Old 05-04-2019, 09:44 AM   #64
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IIRC, the speed on slow moving vehicles cannot exceed 25mph (40kph), and they cannot be on the road at night. This probably varies in different jurisdictions.
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Here in Pa., I recently got a speeding ticket for 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. I talked to some people about it and they had gotten speeding tickets there too. That ticket was $152. Ouch! And Pa doesn't allow their local cops to have radar. This was not in a Mod. A. The towns keep the speed limits low in some areas just so when you forget where you are, you'll drive at a normal speed and then "Bingo" he's got you! As far as I can see, all states do this.
In Jersey, the posted speed on the NJ Parkway is 65, but the traffic is doing 80 mph. Maybe there's just too many speeders and it would take an army of cops to arrest them all. And those who are ticketed would go to court and claim " selective enforcement", I would!
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What is their reasoning for this??? Radar is about all the police use here. It can be concealed in an unmarked car, hidden at the sideof the road, set up beside traffic lights - just about anywhere. Only the most brazen try speeding and they don't do it for long. Each infringement earns them demerit points and once a driver acrues 10 points, their license is cancelled for at least 3 months. No questions!
As much as I don't like the setup, our road toll has been declining for the past 20 or 30 years.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:13 AM   #66
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Some letter are missing, took a pic going through teh McDonalds drive through yesterday.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:09 AM   #67
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What is their reasoning for this??? Radar is about all the police use here. It can be concealed in an unmarked car, hidden at the sideof the road, set up beside traffic lights - just about anywhere. Only the most brazen try speeding and they don't do it for long. Each infringement earns them demerit points and once a driver acrues 10 points, their license is cancelled for at least 3 months. No questions!
As much as I don't like the setup, our road toll has been declining for the past 20 or 30 years.
Well For one thing, Radar blasts everybody with microwaves. It's like sticking your head in a microwave oven. Not exactly, but similar. Secondly, we're finding our way around radar tickets. I've beaten a few Pro se! And I don't like being thought of as just a cash machine. So they are going to laser! Now we have to find our way around laser machines.
Here's what I mean by using us as a cash cow. In new Jersey, if you get a ticket for up to 15 mph over It's three points, Above 15 and it's 5 points. So the love to write 42 in a 25 mph zone. Now there is case law stating that no speed detection device is consistantly accurate to more than three mph. This is known as the D'Antonio decision , and everyone must be given the benefit of D'Antonio. OK but D'Antonio is not widely known! So the poor sap who goes to court by himself gets clobbered with the fine plus 5 points. The poor sap who goes to court and paying $500 for his lawyer's court appearance get to save 2 points simply by his lawyer mentioning" What about D"Antonio?" and mr Poor Sap suddenly gets his speed cut to 39 mph and he doesn't know why and doesn't care. His Lawyer is a great guy! $500 ? Cheap! His Mr Lawyerman was a good, no Great investment! The Law Enforcement Industry just claimed another victim!
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Old 05-12-2019, 07:11 AM   #68
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I agree the tailgater will not make you go faster, love the sign. Another thing to consider is lighting up the rear end of your car to make it more visible. I use LED tail lights, an LED "strip" across the back window plus two good bright red clearance lights like they used to have on trucks. I have had many compliment me on how visible my car is from the rear. We can never be too safe!
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I recently started using this light (Amazon) stuck by my rear window. It almost doubles the distance following vehicles back off. Because it's relatively cheap, I gave it a try. I was amazed. Combined with an LED 3rd brake light, I have a new sense of safety.



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Old 05-26-2019, 02:03 PM   #70
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Works great, the only hand gestures it draws are waves... plus some smiles and laughs.



Easy to make, 1" and 2" rub on letters from Michaels (or similar) and a blank license plate.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:06 PM   #71
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1. Slow down to leave a safe interval BEHIND you to match the speed the tailgater is driving. Pull over to let them pass, when you reach a safe area.

2. Install a windshield washer system on the rear of your vehicle. Aim it rearward. Fill the reservoir with anti-freeze. When they turn on their wiper to clear their windshield, the anti-freeze will just smear! Hopefully they will pull over, and you will be long gone.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:40 PM   #72
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"Just Married" is another one.

Sort of like "Baby on Board" with more "buy-in" by the follower?

Come to think of it "Old Curmudgeon on Board" might work?

No - less "buy in."


How about "Bastard on Board", that might slow them down...
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